Former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake sues Arizona officials over midterm election results News
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Former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake sues Arizona officials over midterm election results

Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake Friday filed a lawsuit against Arizona election officials challenging the certification of November 8 election results naming Katie Hobbs the Governor-elect. Lake’s lawsuit expressly names Hobbs, Stephen Richer of the Maricopa County Recorder and other officials in Maricopa County as defendants.

In the complaint Lake argues that she “[r]eceived the greatest number of votes and is entitled to be named the winner.” If officals refuse to change the results, Lake demands that “the election must be re-done in Maricopa County to eliminate the effects of mal-administration and illegal votes on the vote tallies reported by Maricopa County.”

Lake’s lawsuit comes almost a week after an judge ruled that an Arizona county violated state law by not certifying the county’s vote and missing the state statutory deadline. Judge Casey McGinley ruled during a December 1 hearing that Cochise County Board of Supervisors should certify the results from the midterm elections in that county by the Monday deadline.

On November 28, the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and Katie Hobbs – in her official capacity as Arizona Secretary of State – filed separate lawsuits against the county after the county supervisors voted to postpone the election results. The lawsuits argue that the county supervisors “unlawfully refused to [canvas the election results]” and “without justification, failed to fulfill its mandatory duty to meet and approve is canvass of the results.”

Hobbs and the Arizona Alliance sent letters to the county supervisors prior to filing the lawsuit warning the county supervisors that they would pursue legal actions if they refused “to perform its mandatory statutory duty to accept and canvass the election results by November 28, 2022.”

Arizona’s certified election results were released Monday.